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sponsoring parents and siblings for green cards as a naturalized US citizen

Old Sep 30th 2004, 3:17 am
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Firuza
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Default sponsoring parents and siblings for green cards as a naturalized US citizen

Hello!

I have 3 questions and would really appreciate any help.
1.I was wondering if anybody knows how long does it take to sponsor
siblings once i get my citizenship? I've heard from unconfirmed
sources that you can expedite process to less than 2-3 years if you
use good lawyers instead of filling out applications yourself.
2. what is better in sponsoring parents for green cards: to have them
collect it in the States or in the home country. as a possibly useful
detail, they don't speak English
3. if parents are currently here, does the pending application allow
them to
stay here until they get it or they have to go back when the i-94
expires?

Thanks a lot!
firuza
 
Old Sep 30th 2004, 4:17 am
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Joachim Feise
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Default Re: sponsoring parents and siblings for green cards as a naturalized

firuza wrote on 9/30/2004 8:17:

    > Hello!
    >
    > I have 3 questions and would really appreciate any help.
    > 1.I was wondering if anybody knows how long does it take to sponsor
    > siblings once i get my citizenship? I've heard from unconfirmed
    > sources that you can expedite process to less than 2-3 years if you
    > use good lawyers instead of filling out applications yourself.

Sorry to pop your bubble... It takes 12+ years...
There is a quota, and the current PD is August 1992 (see the current
visa bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi_bulletincurrent.html)

    > 2. what is better in sponsoring parents for green cards: to have them
    > collect it in the States or in the home country. as a possibly useful
    > detail, they don't speak English

Up to them.

    > 3. if parents are currently here, does the pending application allow
    > them to
    > stay here until they get it or they have to go back when the i-94
    > expires?

Once they have filed an I-485, they can stay legally beyond the expiration
date of the I-94.

-Joe
 
Old Sep 30th 2004, 12:18 pm
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Jozef
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Default Re: sponsoring parents and siblings for green cards as a naturalized US citizen

"Joachim Feise" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > firuza wrote on 9/30/2004 8:17:
    >> Hello!
    >> I have 3 questions and would really appreciate any help.
    >> 1.I was wondering if anybody knows how long does it take to sponsor
    >> siblings once i get my citizenship? I've heard from unconfirmed
    >> sources that you can expedite process to less than 2-3 years if you
    >> use good lawyers instead of filling out applications yourself.
    > Sorry to pop your bubble... It takes 12+ years...
    > There is a quota, and the current PD is August 1992 (see the current
    > visa bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi_bulletincurrent.html)

My USC brother-in-law filed for his sister in 96. It's going to take at
least 3 more years. Using an attorney won't make any difference.

    >> 2. what is better in sponsoring parents for green cards: to have them
    >> collect it in the States or in the home country. as a possibly useful
    >> detail, they don't speak English
    > Up to them.
    >> 3. if parents are currently here, does the pending application allow
    >> them to
    >> stay here until they get it or they have to go back when the i-94
    >> expires?
    > Once they have filed an I-485, they can stay legally beyond the expiration
    > date of the I-94.

...and it will be many many years before a visa will be available to them
and they will be able to file an I-485.

Jozef
(Not a lawyer)
 
Old Sep 30th 2004, 1:07 pm
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John Doe
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Default Re: sponsoring parents and siblings for green cards as a naturalized US

Jozef wrote:

    > "Joachim Feise" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > firuza wrote on 9/30/2004 8:17:
    > >
    > >> Hello!
    > >>
    > >> I have 3 questions and would really appreciate any help.
    > >> 1.I was wondering if anybody knows how long does it take to sponsor
    > >> siblings once i get my citizenship? I've heard from unconfirmed
    > >> sources that you can expedite process to less than 2-3 years if you
    > >> use good lawyers instead of filling out applications yourself.
    > >
    > > Sorry to pop your bubble... It takes 12+ years...
    > > There is a quota, and the current PD is August 1992 (see the current
    > > visa bulletin at http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi_bulletincurrent.html)
    > My USC brother-in-law filed for his sister in 96. It's going to take at
    > least 3 more years. Using an attorney won't make any difference.
    > >> 2. what is better in sponsoring parents for green cards: to have them
    > >> collect it in the States or in the home country. as a possibly useful
    > >> detail, they don't speak English
    > >
    > > Up to them.

    > >
    > >> 3. if parents are currently here, does the pending application allow
    > >> them to
    > >> stay here until they get it or they have to go back when the i-94
    > >> expires?
    > >
    > > Once they have filed an I-485, they can stay legally beyond the expiration
    > > date of the I-94.
    > ...and it will be many many years before a visa will be available to them
    > and they will be able to file an I-485.

I'm also not a lawyer, but...For parents of USC in the US, I-130 and I-485 can
be filed concurrently. The I-485 is not subject to any quota so there isn't a
question if having a visa available for them. They would have to wait for
however long it takes the USCIS to process their application - and that can be
2.5+ years, but they can stay in the US during that time. In fact, should they
choose to, they can also file for Advance Parole and EAD.

There is a catch though. The parents will be in the US (presumably) on a visitor
visa. If the papers are filed for them soon after they arrive, it can raise
questions later about their real intentions when they entered the US as tourists
and whether they've committed visa fraud. So, make sure that you wait for at
least 4 months after their entry before filing any papers.

    > Jozef
    > (Not a lawyer)
 

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